Man paragliding over the pyramids captures what’s written on the top

  • Yanis Terzis filmed himself sailing over the Giza pyramids
  • The aerial footage captured hieroglyphs and carvings on top
  • Its meaning and origins are a mystery – but there are theories

Published on Jan 30, 2024 at 6:29 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Feb 14, 2024 at 1:35 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

You’d expect to be awestruck paragliding over the pyramids in Giza, Egypt, but adrenaline junkie, Yanis Terzis, saw something he hadn’t expected.

Carvings in the stone can be seen right at the very top.

However, rather than ancient messages carved into the stone as it was hoisted in place around 4,500 years ago, it seems they’re a little more recent.

According to Reddit, rather than carvings that have weathered a desert climate for millenia, it’s graffiti “written by people who climbed the pyramids” more recently.

Rules and regulations are now in place to protect one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

“The graffiti pre-dates the rules set in place against climbing,” one commenter on X eplained.

These only officially came into effect in November 2019.

The penalty is at least one month’s imprisonment and/or a fine between EGP 10,000 ($620) and EGP 100,000 ($6,200). 

A robot inside the Great Pyramid has also been able to go where humans can’t reach and reveal its secrets with hidden footage.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.